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Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF

General Requirements for Music Majors

The guidelines found here are not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.  Students should consult the Music Major Handbook which is available from the music department.  Other than required courses which are found in the bulletin degree descriptions, the Music Major Handbook contains the policies by which the department is operated.

  1. EnsemblesThe music major is required to take a major ensemble each semester in residence.  The major ensembles are the Wind Symphony for instrumentalists and both University Singers and Mizpah Choraliers for singers.  Keyboard majors may chose according to their talents and interests.
  2. Recitals:  The music major is required to perform in at least one recital per semester
  3. Music Juries:  The music majors will perform each semester for the fulltime music faculty.  If their major performance professor is an adjunct teacher, that teacher will be included.  A jury which is poorly prepared for can cause the student to be placed on probationary status as a music major.  Regular improvement is expected.
  4. Practice:  The music majors will keep track of their practice time and report it to their teacher at each lesson.  The successful majors will practice ten hours weekly in their major performance area.  Talent is not a substitute for effort.
  5. Functional piano:  A performance exam will be given to all music majors.  If students are unable to pass the exam, they are required to take piano lessons (MUPF 151) or a new three-semester class piano class starting no later than the second semester in residence. They must pass the piano proficiency test before attaining senior status. 
  6. First year:  The freshman year is a time when the music majors and the music faculty learn if they are suited for the program.   A progress letter will be given to the student at the end of each semester with a copy going into the student’s file.  The students will be notified in the second letter if they receive official acceptance into the music program.
  7. Continuing status:  A student's acceptance into and official continuation in the music program is contingent upon the student's satisfactory academic and performance progress. Thus, the status of being a music major is a privilege, not a right. A letter from the chair, written in advisement with the major's performance teacher, will be placed in the student's file at the end of each school year, encouraging and/or noting areas needing improvement.  If students are encouraged to change majors, it should be viewed as wise, money saving advice, rather than punitive action.
  8. Senior recitalAll music majors will perform in a senior recital.  This is normally given in the final semester of residence.  A pre-senior recital, performed before the music faculty at least three weeks before the senior recital, is required. The purpose is to determine the readiness for the public senior recital. 
  9.  Recital attendanceMusic majors will attend all faculty, general student, and senior recitals.  These dates will all be posted by the second week of the semester.  Such recitals are an important part of the student’s education, and failure to participate can be reflected in the student’s performance grade.
  10.  Off-campus recitals:  The music major should plan to attend at least two approved off-campus recitals each semester.  The student’s performance professor can help determine what is approved.  Field trips may be taken to metroplex recitals with transportation provided.  It is not wise to exist in a vacuum and seeing the level of the ‘competition’ is very important and motivating.
  11.  Private lessons:  The music major will take lessons from one of the teachers at Southwestern Adventist University or one provided by the school.  If ‘outside’ lessons are taken without permission from the music faculty, this will be considered grounds for terminating participation in the music major.

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